Behavioral Health Specialist I - Residential Counselor
Dynamic individual needed for innovative co-occurring (substance abuse/mental health) treatment program. Exciting opportunity for hands-on clinical experience, professional development and potential advancement in a progressive Fairfax County agency. Requires overnight, day, evening and weekend availability as well as flexibility with holiday coverage. Duties include providing shift coverage, conducting educational lectures and relapse prevention education, crisis management, transporting clients, occasional childcare and medication administration.
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- Functions as an active member of a treatment team;
- Functions as a co-leader in groups;
- Assists with data gathering for needs assessment;
- Contributes to the development of individual service plans, with consideration given to the nature and severity of the behavioral health and psychosocial needs, individual strengths and preferences, and support systems;
- Makes interventions as outlined in the service plan;
- Brings forward timely information on individuals' progress and evolving needs to the treatment team;
- Provides individual supportive counseling and skill-building involving specific concerns;
- Conducts admission and orientation into the program/services;
- Provides individual and group psycho-educational sessions for clients, family members, and significant others;
- Maintains and updates information on community resources for individuals, families, and other concerned persons;
- Provides skill building to clients in developing and practicing daily living, recovery, and self-advocacy skills;
- Observes client behavior and provides de-escalation techniques;
- Maintains client records in accordance with state and department regulations;
- Maintains all appropriate program logs and information;
- Provides program coverage and supervises program activities;
- Transports and accompanies individuals to various appointments.
- Knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of the psychological and social development of individuals;
- Knowledge of substance use disorders and the physiological, psychological and social impacts;
- knowledge of public and private community based resources;
- Knowledge of social history development and interviewing and treatment techniques appropriate for individuals with substance use and/or mental illness/ serious emotional disturbance (SED);
- Ability to recognize behavioral symptoms of mental illness/ serious emotional disturbance (SED) and substance use, and developmental disabilities;
- Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with clients;
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public;
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
- Ability to maintain records and prepare reports;
- Ability to assist with initial screening of the severity of individuals' substance use/mental health symptoms, treatment, and support needs.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, sociology, nursing or a related field.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Certain positions in this class may require: First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment; MANDT Certifications within six (6) months of appointment and annually thereafter; Medication Administration Assistance Certification within 90 days of appointment; valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another state) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB. CDL license required within 6 months of hire.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, a driving record, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer. Annual TB test.
Virginia certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) of Substance Abuse Counselor Assistant (CSAC- A) or ability to be certified within 90 days.
Able to lift up to 40 lbs. several times per week. must be able to independently drive county vehicle. ability to sit, walk, stand, bend, and write as needed to complete duties of the job. must be able to observe client behavior/ appearance and be able to converse with clients & co-workers. All duties perform with or without reasonable accommodations.
It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.